Review: The Sea of Tranquility

Jun •  26 •  2013
Review: The Sea of TranquilityThe Sea Of Tranquility by Katja Millay
Series: Stand Alone
Published by Atria Books on November 13th 2012
Genres: Young Adult-Contemporary/Thriller, Young Adult-Romance
Source: Edelweiss, FTC: Exchange for honest opinion
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I live in a world without magic or miracles. A place where there are no clairvoyants or shapeshifters, no angels or superhuman boys to save you. A place where people die and music disintegrates and things suck. I am pressed so hard against the earth by the weight of reality that some days I wonder how I am still able to lift my feet to walk.

Former piano prodigy Nastya Kashnikov wants two things: to get through high school without anyone learning about her past and to make the boy who took everything from her—her identity, her spirit, her will to live—pay.

Josh Bennett’s story is no secret:  every person he loves has been taken from his life until, at seventeen years old, there is no one left.  Now all he wants is be left alone and people allow it because when your name is synonymous with death, everyone tends to give you your space.

Everyone except Nastya, the mysterious new girl at school who starts showing up and won’t go away until she’s insinuated herself into every aspect of his life. But the more he gets to know her, the more of an enigma she becomes. As their relationship intensifies and the unanswered questions begin to pile up, he starts to wonder if he will ever learn the secrets she’s been hiding—or if he even wants to.

The Sea of Tranquility is a rich, intense, and brilliantly imagined story about a lonely boy, an emotionally fragile girl, and the miracle of second chances.

When I stated this book, I had no idea what I was in for. With deep moving emotion, I found myself completely enthralled.

Plot. It’s really hard to describe a plot that is essential to the story. If I say too much, I might give away crucial information. Instead, I will tell you this. Don’t stop reading once you start. It will spiral down and untwist in such amazement of emotions and movement, that you realized you are suddenly hooked and can not get out. It’s awesome. It’s amazing. It’s a story that you never forget.

Love. While this story contains so much hurt and mystery, two people who have been through hell coming together to find peace is beautiful. I loved watching and learning from their emotions and small-talk of , that the reader really gets to see these character connect. And no just on an emotional level. The connect on a far, deeper level than I can never understand. They can sit for hours with no talking, and still know each other needs. They are a couple that seeks out refuge in each others presence.

Drama. This book calls for major drama. And just to clear things up this isn’t high school drama either. It’s a life changing moment, altering their lives where fate brings them together. They are, after all, two people who really knows what goes on under the surface. The intensity of the story kept me locked in my chair for hours.

By the end of the book, I was so impressed with the story that it stuck in my head for days. I could not get over this book hangover no matter how hard I tried. In reading this book, it had change me. The Sea Of Tranquility is a well written story, propelled with moving emotions and drama. It engages the reader in a new way from one sensation to another. Blending tense moments and amazing characters, The Sea Of Tranquility is engaging.

I give it 5 BITES!


Happy Reading!



  1. Kate @ Ex Libris
    Jun 26, 2013

    This is one of my all-time favorite books!!! I love Josh and Nastya, I really love Drew and I sincerely hope that we get a book about Drew some day.

  2. Christine
    Jun 26, 2013

    I loved this book too.

  3. Amy @ Book Loving Mom
    Jun 26, 2013

    Great review!! I loved this book. I actually listened to the audio and OMG the narrators were fabulous!! I was an emotional wreck!!

  4. Awesome Review Savvy! This is one of my all time favorites! thanks for sharing your thoughts!!!

  5. I loved this one so much too! Didn’t you just love that ending?! 🙂

  6. Jen @ YA Romantics
    Jun 26, 2013

    I was surprised by how much I enjoyed this one. Though it was a long book and it took quite a while for the characters to even speak to each other, I was spellbound!
    Thanks so much for stopping by! Jen @ YA Romantics